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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

715 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 42
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-06-2001)
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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle with quite a bit of age on it (I believe best by 07.) Poured into an Oerbier oversized wine glass, the brew appears a burnt copper color that is quite clear. However, despite a careful pour some yeast particulate makes its way into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain more than a finger of khaki head throughout the entire experience. A swirl revives more than a finger of froth effortlessly back to the surface and produces some finger-like patterns of stringy lace.

The aroma is sweet with an essence of belgian candy sugar but contrasted with almost a cheesy to funky aspect is also present when swirled. There is a bit of earthen quality about this that blends into something more fruity like cherry, apple and/or pears. That 10% alcohol is evident but very faintly across the back when a deep whiff is taken. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, there is a very soft suggestion of vinegar that while not distracting was not expected.

The flavor of this brew is quite bready with malt that blends into a touch of cardboard-like oxidation. Some sweetness is present tasting a bit like caramel, toffee and transitions into more of a fruity alcohol note like apple and/or pear skins. Some earthen notes are ever present with every sip that breaks up the experience a bit. The aftertaste has a very faint suggestion of cider. I hate to say this but the overall flavors of this brew are better while colder. As the brew comes up to temperature, the alcohol inclusion becomes almost solvent and numbing to the palate.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively but not overdone amount of carbonation. The flavors are spot on for what anyone could want/expect in a tripel. However, despite this brew having quite a bit of age on it, the alcohol is well pronounced but integrated fairly decently in this brew. If anything, the warmth of this brew distracts just a bit from the overall ease of drinkability. The last time I had this brew it was from a 750ml that was 17 years old. It was not the best of experiences but this even with its own significant aging was much better. I am curious now about having a bottle as fresh as possible just for the sake of comparison. If you havent had this yet, what are you waiting for? I will need to put this on the to-do list to grab more of these when I see them.

Photo of 220emaple
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This mad bitch poured quite the heavy head. The second I opened the bottle it started to foam out (after sitting for 3 hours). Great retention as well in my Duvel tulip--with an aroma similar, just similar, to a green apple. Taste is very strong and crisp with fruity flavors and tons of carbonation. Also packs a punch at 10%...Brewery De Dolle is a beast---enjoy!

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yellow/light orange/some copper. Big fluffy, sizzling white head hinting at crisp carbonation. Leaving some clumps of lacing down the glass. Poured gently to not disturb the sediment, yet there is very miniscule floaties.

S: Tart apples, apple peels, a bit sweet and phenolic. A bit of an almost vinegar like tartness with some spice, but it is all covered up nicely by very nice sweet overtones.

T: Citrusy, sweet and a bit peppery. Almost resembles a saison in flavor profile. The Belgian yeast profile takes over and brings the sweetness and typical banana like flavors. 2011 batch so its still pretty evident that its a high abv brew.

M: Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a bit of sizzle and alcohol burn on the back end. Citrusy and sweet, nice match up.

O: Easily one of the best tripels I have tried, and although it isn't my favorite style...it's very clear that this is a very respectable beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Slender, 11.2 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours light yellowish and orangy amber, couldy with yeast particles. Lots of bubbles streaming up. Thick, sticky lacing. Large white head, rock and puffy, with excellent retention. A great looking brew

Smell: Strong nose of juniper, pepper, and tropical fruits

Taste: sharp, strong, notes of gin,pine, varnish, alcohol and sweet fruits. Complex and tasty

MF: Smooth, crisp, long lasting flavors on the tongue

Drinkability: Why did I buy only one bottle?, This is fine brew, seek it out and enjoy

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Champagne carbonation ascends through the golden body, feeding an excessively rising head of foam. Looks magnificent, very enticing.

Smell is of assorted malts, wheaty like a Wit almost. Sharp alcohol with a tapering sweetness.

Taste is big, rich malt, with a large dose of sweet fruitiness. Herbal hops are in there. Dry crackery finish, slight alcohol, warming throughout. A fresh bottle is sublime, this one may have a couple years on it, but it's still strong and lively.

Mouthfeel is medium to high, it envelops the palate like a sweet nectar, and encourages sipping. One 11.2 oz. bottle is good, be sure to share a 750, or you might wind up on the floor...

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been fortunate enough to thry this mad bitch (what a great name!) several places, at home, at a better beer bar, at a beer festival in Brussels, and at a Beer Cuisine restaurant in Brussels. It is a wonderful (wonderfully strong) beer.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy moderate golden color with a beautiful white big fluffy head.

The aroma is incredible, and it the strong point of this beer. Some beers I could just sit and smell all night long, this is one of them. Citrus fruit, a slight hop bite, balanced with candi sugar. As I said, incredible.

Flavor starts of with a slight tart bite that interplays sour orange, limes, almost pungent. Spiciness too. Very very good!

Lush creamy mouthfeel, drinkability is limited by it's ABV, and to be honest, it's a somewhat tough profile to get my arms around to want to drink this more than once in a while. I really like it, but want to save it for occasional times.

Photo of rallison
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber with a 3 finger white head that never is less than a 1/2 finger size.

S: Some barnyard funkiness with spices and a bit of alcohol.

T&M: Very refreshing. Some fermented apple juice with earthy flavors. Some nice spices - the sorts you might make bread with, and some vanilla. RIch mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation and alcohol to give it a nice ending bite.

D: Very, very drinkable. Refreshing and delicious and absolutely never heavy!

Not your standard tripel, but very enjoyable. Recommended!

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark yellow and cloudy into a snifter glass with a huge white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and a layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface after the head slowly died down.
S: There's an interesting mix of malty, yeasty, fruity and spicy smells in the aroma.
T: The flavor is very complex and well balanced between malt, spices and fruit. The taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and a slight taste of alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: This beer needs to be sipped given its alcohol content; however it's not too difficult to drink after it warms up.

Photo of marc77
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a gusher! Had to wait a few minutes before I was able to pour. Hazy dark golden hue, w/ flowing currents of yeast. The aggressive bubbling helps support a mountainous and overly thick head. Candy sweetness combined with brash peppery hot alcohol hit the nose at first, then are ensued by ripe kiwi - like tropical fruitiness and light clove phenol. Light yeast must is perceptible at the end of the aroma. As the beer breathes, alcohol notes fade, and the aroma takes on a florally sweet character. An initial snap of honey sweetness in flavor is ensued by pleasant herbal melange of rosemary, star anise and clove, then a drying breadiness that offsets sweetness emerges mid palate. Now unhindered, peppery, lightly solvent like alcohol asserts itself into the flavor profile. Once the initially furious carbonation mellows, the body is revealed to be moderate, w/ a dextrinous mouthfeel. Black licorice surfaces towards the end of the taste and lingers into the finish, which is dry, heaty, lightly sweet and eeriely akin to the Italian liquor Uzo. Wow. Mad Bitch is so flavorful she almost overwhelmed my taste buds. The alcohol flavors aren't masked and let you know that this a brew to be reckoned with. Like other Dolle bros brews, this is a stylistic bastard, and is reminescent of a tripel on steroids. It's not at all like a Belgian Dark Strong.

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger, white head that quickly fades to a ring leaving a little lace. Nose is alcohol and raisins. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor piney raisins sweet and tart with hints of alcohol. $5.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

149th review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
330ml bottle

App- The bottle exploded when the cap was popped. Quickly pouring into the globe got a mountain of foam that stayed and pilled up for a long time. When it settled found a very golden orangy yellow with 3 fingers of foam that created some nice pockets.

Smell- A very common smelling Triple. Had the essential belgian yeast and some citrus. A little bit of spice but smelled very good.

Taste- A darker in terms of bite than I thought from previous reviews. More of a bready yeasty taste but has some peppery spice of white pepper and some herby vegetables.

Mouth- A well done medium body with a carbonation to match. Very equatable feel to say some drawn butter or a nice belgian truffle would melt.

Drink- It took me a while to get one but I am very glad I did. Will have to pass this beer on to some friends.

Photo of brc
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with 1109 printed on the cap. Poured into a goblet; mine was not a gusher.

Honey colored liquid with a two finger white head that settles slowly. Pretty impressive for a tripel.

I smell baked bread, apples, honey, peaches. I don't really sense any banana or spices at all. It's all floral and malty, well, with maybe a touch of spice.

The taste is full of maltiness and honey without being sweet. A bit of alcohol and bitterness build in the taste to the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is lovely - full and syrupy.

Very drinkable, with the alcohol well hidden and everything tasteful and in balance. It's not one that knocks your socks off, but is good all around.

Photo of filabrazilia
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale gold with a hell of a crown of a head. This thing is like a mountain that has risen out primordial collision of two newly formed continents (that is overstating it a bit but, man, what a head). The lace is spectacular and bathe the glass in an off white splendor.

There is a fruity quality to this beer--a hint of apple, maybe pear, that are complemented by a touch of alcohol. The finish stings a bit but is pleasant and welcome.

The malt is subdued and delicate but very noticable. A pepper finish is what remains on my pallate. Good but not quite as complex as I would have thought.

This is a remarkably easy to drink beer. The alcohol content is the only thing that would keep you from downing several of these at one sitting. While the alcohol is assertive, it is not overwhelmingly so.

A very nice trippel. The beer is big, easy to drink, and exceptionally memorable--as long as you don't drink too many.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very carbonated to a golden-orange color with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is herbal, fruity, with aromas like apples, oranges and coriander. The flavor is herbal and fruity with a candi sugar sweetness. It is easy drinking for its strength. This Mad Bitch is one that will sneak up on you and kick the shit out of you. A very tasty full bodied brew. Another good one from De Dolle.

Sampled 4/30/04

Photo of mltobin
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance is a dark golden tone, with a big, frothy head. Its` nose has candy, booze, citrus and belgian yeast. Upon sipping this serious tripel and I taste bread, vanilla, caramel and bit of a sour aspect. Mouthfeel is full bodied, a nice sharp, sweet finish. A very nice tripel, one of my favorites out there.

Photo of blakesell
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 capped bottle into a hilariously large beer mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy orange yellow with a HUGE head of foam that fills the gigantic mug to the brim and still has beer left over in the tiny bottle. There is more head than beer here, no joke. Sticky, splotchy, lacing dissapates around the sides but the iceberg of foam refuses to sink to allow me to drink it. Head takes a full 15 mins to die down.

Smell- Bready and yeasty with ample phenols coming into the equation. Banana and apricot seem to well their heads up thru the phenols.

Taste- Yeasty and light malt upfront. Spicy and light but yet alcoholic even on the flavor. White pepper, lemon zest, grapefruit, a slight bitterness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel- Soft and light on the mouth, medium-light bodied, creamy and warming on this cold day. Not so sure the warmth would be so noticable if I weren't cold already. Highly carbonated, highly refreshing.

Drinkability- Decptively high. I wouldn't know I was getting totalled on this 10% monster until the damage had been done. There is alcohol on the mouthfeel, but not to the point that it would be percived as a big beer.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad Bitch, huh? Sounds good to me. 'Triple your bitchiness with *glug glug* De Dolle Dulle Teve!'

Hit up Julio's Liquors and came away with this bitch.

Bitch.

Slightly foggy honey/caramel/gold color sporting a thick white head that keeps great retention and a sticky lacing. Just don't pour it the same way you pour La Fin Du Monde....trust me on that one.

Smell is sweet, citrusy, floral and vibrant as a bitch in heat.

Taste is sweet as well. With notes of citrus and some hops. Medium bodied, creamy then crisp, and it's not doing a very good job at hiding it's booze.

This bitch isn't that mad actually. It's quite warming, tasty and a damn fine bitch of a beer. The Slutty Bitch is much more fitting as you'll be wanting to give this bitch another whirl. Fo' sho.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a big foamy white head that fades slowly to spotty lacing patterns. Visibly effervescent with suspended 'bits'. The smell is nice. Full nose of earthy Belgian yeast , sweet with notes of orchard fruits. I think the aggressive nature is partly from the alcohol, which is quite enjoyable. The mouth feel is lmedium bodied, effervescent and creamy. Full flavored, the taste is similar to the smell and is complemented well by the texture. Quite sweet and fruity with a wonderful lingering aftertaste. The 10% ABV is integrated well into the nose and mouth yet reveals itself in a warming swallow. A very easy drinker. Highly recommended.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Huge white head that slowly disspates to a velvety half finger retention. It has excellent lacing all the way down. The color of the beer is a slighly amber-orange, gold/yellow color. The beer is pretty clear, with only a very, very slight haze in it.

Smell - Initially, I can smell a bit of citrusy fruits, mainly grapefruit. I nice aroma of ripe, dark fruits, common in Belgian tripels. There is also a medium alcohol aroma on the nose. The hops are in the background...lemony and with medium-crispness. Also, there is a medium malty aroma present.

Taste - The alcohol is pretty strong, and the first thing that hits your palate. There are flavors of sweet dark fruits, a bit of spiciness, and the a medium smooth malty flavor follows through and remains strongest in the aftertaste. A very good flavor, but I think the alcohol burn makes it a touch too difficult to fully appreciate the flavors of this brew.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is medium-high, but at a proper level compared to most tripels. Not too terribly strong. It is medium-light bodied and fairly velvety in the mouth. The mouthfeel is good, but definitely not comparable to the best of the Belgian tripels.

Drinkability - The drinkability is decent. The flavors are fairly strong, the carbonation is not overpowering. The alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my liking, and I think it is a weak point of this tripel. It takes away from an otherwise pleasurable mouthfeel and flavor.

Overall, this is a middle-grade tripel. The flavors are good, the appearance is pleasing, the mouthfeel is decent. Recommended, but not as highly as others of its style.

Photo of daledeee
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I once wrote that Duvel was the mother of all heads. This beer easily surpasses duvel. Easily achieving a two inch above the rim head. The color is a dull orange. The nose is fresh fruity and vanilla. Taste is fine. Very smooth fruity hoppy flavor. The hops are quite prevelent in the finish, but not overpowering.

I will buy this again.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/yellow, fizzy, 2 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Fruits, yeasts, spices, very grazzy/earthy, bread, biscuit, orange and grapefruit hops, caramal malts. Added sugars. Pineapple, grapes, apple, lemon, pear, banana...yes very floral.

Taste - Very fruity and sweet at first sip. Lots of spices, along with all the sweet fruits and belgium yeasts to relaly make this intense. Malts are present and add more sweetness with the caramel flavors. A bit of alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well whole mouth gets sugars and spices. Tounge and palate really get the same. Tons of sweet fruits and spices with malt backbone. The afertaste is sweet and fruity.

OVerall - Very tasty and easy to enjoy. The sweetness is slighty overpowering, therefor taking away from the balance of a world class tripel. If you like tripels, or very sweet, floral belgium beers, this is a must try. Cant touch St. Bernardus or la fin du monde in balance and price, but is for sure worth a drink.

Photo of wschmit
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Robust golden-hued head atop a vigorously carbonated, fairly hazy, bronze body. Some pretty epic retention; the cohesive head leaves some patchy lacing.

S: Sweet, fairly malty nose for a tripel--not as yeast-forward as I was expecting, though of course it's still dusty, bready, and prominent. A whiff finishes with citric tang, alcohol, and some spicy hopping. Honey and lemon come to mind, mostly.

T: The hop bittering is noticeable, for a Belgian tripel, but a very pleasant presence nonetheless. A fair amount of (too much?) residual sweetness, but again, it's quite pleasant. Clover honey, chrysanthemum, apricots, with a light, pale malt finish.

M: Pretty thick body, but with great carbonation, and enough alcohol to cut the saccharine feeling. Could still be a bit lighter, though.

D: Worth the price, despite being a bit out of style, I think. A very, very good beer with plenty to think about. Not something to pound, but still, eminently palate-pleasing.

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy golden color with a two finger off-white head. Great head retention that leaves lacing on the side of my glass.

I get a smell of dried fruit, like pears, peaches, some hints of yeast, sugar cane.

Sweet citrus notes on the palate, tangy oranges, honey.

Good amount of carbonation, refreshing sweet aftertaste lingers in your mouth.

Overall good tasty brew that hides the alcohol very well. I could have a couple of these.

Photo of sawbones420
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer guy at Bauer pulled this out the back for me because he remembered my saying that I love tripels. Man do I love tripels...

Not one to spend so much on such a small quantity of beer - especially after being burned twice by the two overpriced, underperforming Founder's breakfast stouts - I decided to splurge and pony up 6 bucks for this slender, brown, 330ml bottle from Belgium. Josh was drooling a bit while he was recommending it, so I figured it might be worth a try.

I catch a whiff before I even get a chance to pour it into my snifter - whooo. The pour is a deep honey color with medium head that quickly resides. Some big bubble stick around after the fact, but no lacing to speak of.

Sweet, sugary smell. Some sour apple and a strong back-nose of honey. There's some other stuff going on in here, but I can't put my finger (nose?) on it.

Taste is big and fills the entire mouth. Perhaps slightly more carbonated that I was expecting, this one is crispy. Big on sweetness as the smell suggests, there's a strong malt backbone that comes around after you finish your sip. The leftover sweetness around the back/sides of the tongue is leaving my mouth watering for more. The alcohol warmth after a bigger than average sip reminds you this isn't one to go overboard with. Apple-ish flavored burps. mmm

On the whole, a delicious brew. Still, I don't see myself spending the money to pick up another bottle. I can't imagine aging this beer would do anything except make it syrupy and even sweeter, which in my eyes wouldn't be a desirable thing. A solid offering, though I'll still take Westmalle's tripel above all else if given the option.

Photo of Samp01
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma ripe apple, pears, Belgian yeast, fruity alcohol esters, some dark fruit notes as it warms up. Taste of Belgian yeast, fruity flavor of dark fruit, dried plums sweetness and a mild tartness, sweet alcohol. Palate is a med to full body with sweet tart Belgian yeast and moderate carbonation. Finish is of sweet ripe dark fruit, dried sweet tart plums, Belgian yeast, with mild bitterness and sweet alcohol. Overall a very good, tasty and all around flavorful brew, very nice

De Dolle Dulle Teve (Mad Bitch) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.